Irvine City Manager John Russo Speaks to a Full House at Greater Irvine Chamber

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

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Irvine City Manager John Russo remarked on the master-planned city to a packed room of business and community leaders during the Nov. 1 Greater Irvine Chamber Government Affairs meeting.

“This is a city that was built on a vision. This is a city that believes in a vision... It’s a city marked by ambition,” Russo said as he cited the brilliance of the Irvine Master Plan set in place more than 50 years ago.

Additionally, he gave an overview and examples of what he sees as the five essential values for good governance: transparency, responsiveness, accountability, fiscal prudence, and decisiveness. As a related note, he said Irvine is in “fantastic” fiscal condition and one of his immediate goals is to deliver a balanced budget.

Prior to his current position, Russo served as a city councilmember, city attorney, and city manager for Oakland, Alameda, and Riverside. Earlier, he was a Legal Aid attorney in St. Louis before moving to Oakland in 1987, where he was president of Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation, treasurer of the East Bay League of Conservation Voters, and pro bono attorney for neighborhood associations and nonprofits. In 2002, Russo served as League of California Cities president; he also was a Board member for the National League of Cities.

Russo graduated with honors in economics and political science from Yale University, and earned his law degree from New York University School of Law.

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber work in government affairs and how to become involved, contact Whit Peterson.

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